Dropping of the Atomic Bomg

Topics: Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Nuclear weapon, World War II Pages: 2 (448 words) Published: April 6, 2013
In my personal opinion, I think the US had every right to drop the Atomic bomb on Japan and therefore force them to surrender. The Japanese had at that time, already lost quite a lot of battles against the US and were forced to retreat back to Japan. Yet, the Japanese borders were heavily fortified. Had the Americans attacked Japan, they estimated their losses to be about 500 000 men. By dropping the atomic bomb, an estimated number of 100 000 people died. So in the end you can see that dropping the atomic bomb has saved quite a lot of lives in a way. America had bombed Tokyo before, using conventional bombs. While in Hiroshima using the atomic bomb, about 75000 people died, and in Nagasaki about 50000, during the conventional bombing of Tokyo, 100,000 people had died. This makes the atomic bombs seem a little bit less powerless because we can see that conventional bombs can kill just as many people. Another reason that the Americans were right to bomb japan is because of the Japanese fighting spirit, the Bushido. The Japanese had suffered heavy naval losses and hardly have any more men to continue fighting the war. Yet they wouldn’t give up the fight. According to sources, the Japanese were told by their minister of defense to protect and defend their empire with their life. This shows no sign of surrender. To prove how strong their bushido actually was, shows the dropping of the second atomic bomb. By dropping the first bomb (little boy), they were trying to force the Japanese to surrender. But they didn’t. Even though they didn’t have anymore men to actually continue the fighting, they had not given up. Therefore the Americans dropped the second bomb (fat man). It is said that the American’s main targets were civilians. But this wasn’t the case. Japan had strong military points in both Hiroshima and Nagasaki. But like it or not, during WW2, there was hardly any distinction between soldiers and civilians. Everyone tried to target each others industrial powers...
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